School Details

Sunrise Middle School

4960 East Acoma Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(602) 449-6100
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades 7-8 667 students 17 students/teacher (AZ avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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72%

Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS)

In 2011-2012 Arizona's Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) was used to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona's learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.
  • This school in 2013
  • Paradise Valley Unified District average
  • Arizona state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sunrise Middle School is a public middle school in Phoenix. The principal of Sunrise Middle School is Gregory Martin, who can be contacted at grmartin@pvusd.k12.az.us. 667 students attend Sunrise Middle School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Multiracial. 3% of the Sunrise Middle School students have "limited English proficiency." 20% of the 667 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sunrise Middle School is 17:1. Liberty Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 73% 69%
Asian 4% 4%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 17% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 29%
Limited English proficiency 3% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Worst school I have ever seen. I am a former educator and I sent my daugter to Sunrise for seventh grade. She came home everday and begged me to let her switch schools. The dress code is not at all enforced and bullying is a major problem. Unless your child is in the DLC the standards for their performance are extemely low and the teachers are unenthusiastic. My daughter was teased because she bought her shoes at Target and because she did not have a boyfriend at 12 years old. Both the students and the staff of Sunrise are horrible.

  • (1 year ago)

    Sunrise and the DLC have been wonderful for my child. The teachers in the gifted program (Graham Seretis Binder) are top notch. Not only do they do an amazing job teaching the kids and prepping them for high school they accomplish the miracle of keeping middle schoolers engaged. Mr. J of Soc Studies is also one of the best teachers I have ever seen. As for the school environment it is very safe. As with anywhere if you go looking for trouble I'm sure you will find it. Otherwise it"s fine. One note if your child enrolls in the DLC he/she should be prepared to work but if they do it the rewards are many.

  • (1 year ago)

    The vice principal is absolutely unprofessional and not understanding of parents' unique circumstances. She simply does not care or want to be bothered by "babysitting" students that attend Sunrise. I am extremely sickened by her lack of empathy and rude demeanor. Sunrise would be a better school without this horrible vice principal.

  • (1 year ago)

    Do not send your child to this school. Rating it one star as it wont rate lower. Just horrible. We encountered uncaring unknowledgable teachers who taught only to the test and a completely clueless principal and administrative staff. The principal tried to intimidate us into not calling the police when a gang of male students surrounded my child and friends on the sidewalk in front of the school. We called anyways. After that our children suddenly became discipline and conduct problems. We actually had one teacher tell us our child deserved an F for questioning any teacher. The best part of this school was leaving.

  • (1 year ago)

    I think that this school on the most part is pretty good. Mr. J of Social Studies is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He goes way beyond the standards with mind engaging projects on thought provoking discussions. Would NOT recommend the DLC to most students. If you're really into computers and that sort of thing its perfect for you but if you want to have a fun time socially stay away. The math programs go up to Geometry and give a high school credit for Algebra and Geometry. All of the current math teachers are great. Overall great school.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a student in the gifted Digital Learning Center at Sunrise and all the teachers (except for Mr. Graham Mrs. Binder Ms. Leland and Mrs. Grobmeier) know nothing but what is in the book which is fine for students in standard classes but for gifted education students it is not okay. All in all it is 5 out of 5 for the Gifted teachers and -10 out of 5 for the standard teachers.

  • (3 years ago)

    Three great 5-star teachers B. of 7th grade digital learning center; G. of algebra; B. of gifted English. The rest we encountered were rule-obssessed mind-numbing mediocrities that seemed satisfied to teach to a low-normal level pretty much just going through the motions. 7th grade DLC was the saving grace but 8th grade DLC was a disappointing flop. A credential to teach gifted children was demonstrated to be no indication of competence at doing so. Our child encountered no bullying (other than occassional mild bluster from one clownishly dressed adult of probable diminished capacity charged with keeping order). The campus appeared peaceful and largely lawful unsurprising given its location although there was at least on burglary of DLC equipment.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our family is very happy with Sunrise. Our child enjoys going to school. The teachers are supportive experienced and caring. It is a safe school with an excellent learning environment. No bulleying is allowed. Conficts are resolved in a timely manner.

  • (4 years ago)

    We had the unfortunate experience to attend this school where drugs (spice marijuana scripts) are rampant and teachers just don't care along with the office staff and principal and Vice Principal. Bottom line if you want your child to succeed academically and socially and expect teachers to teach and office staff to do their job the principals not to hide in their offices or turn blind eyes to just about everything unless it benefits them then RUN don't walk to another school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a current 7th grader at Sunrise Middle School and I absolutely believe the majority of the teachers at this public school are horrible teachers. The majority of the teachers teach from their teaching manual they don't know anything about the subject. All the knowledge they have on the topic is straight from the book. A common answer I receive if I ask a question that they don't know is 'It's not written in the book so you have to look it up yourself.' which is a very common reply students get. They get irritated quickly and frustrated and they do not have tolerance for us students. We also et detention for the most unreasonable reasons like 'speed walking' 'stepping on the grass' (the grass is in the court yard where tables are located) and 'standing up when not called upon'. This is not a school I wish to attend.

  • (5 years ago)

    i have learned absolutely nothing. The same in my english class. And im in honors english?! There is more bookwork and no discussion on any of the topics we learn about. Basically all they care about is preparing us for stupid little aims so the popo and Prez do not find out how bad the some of the teachers just really are.Mrs.Grobmeir is a good math teacher she really gets it to the point without using the whip like in the good ol days.But!The social studies teacher Mrs.Routier is the best social studies teacher in the world.The principal dresses with swagger style. I feel like im standing next to a pimp. I do not eat the food because a. im afraid the barbeque sandwich will hunt me in the potty.Schools good needs improvement.Like thats going to happen in this bad economy. Bah humbug!

  • (5 years ago)

    poor poor teachers poor quality of admin is there a rating sunrise can get that's lower thatn poor? if so that is what it has earned

  • (6 years ago)

    I have had two children at Sunrise. My daughter is now in 8th grade. I think for the most part the school has done a wonderful job of preparing her for the future. We were particularly happy with Mr. Jones and Mrs. Binder who always seemed to go out of their way for the kids.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is the best.They do not just focus on AIM'S they prepare you for real life situations.

  • (7 years ago)

    The school only focusses on getting the students to pass AIMS. They do not look at the individual student and look to meet their needs.

  • (7 years ago)

    this school is the best school you will ever find.my daughter has sooooooooo many friends and loves all of her teachers.the teachers are the best.choose this school and your child will have a great 2 years..GO SUNRISE

  • (7 years ago)

    This is not a very good school and my son is struggling.

  • (7 years ago)

    So bad! Sorry we chose this school. Poor teaching horrible administration. No effort made by teachers and staff to encourage student to succeed and forget excelling.

  • (7 years ago)

    i think this school is awsome. my child has learnd so much and her reading leavel has gone up tromendously. i cant think of another school that is so invalved in my childs learning process.sunrise is great.

  • (7 years ago)

    We have been very unhappy with Sunrise Middle. In the two years my child has gone there many of the teachers have gone from educating students to filling time in the classroom. The administration's attitude appears to be one of 'parents butt out'. This might have been a good school at one time it is not now.

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